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Bio of Philippa Courtenay

Design has always been a personal passion of mine, however it was not a career which I initially chose. After completing 'A' levels, I studied a BScDietetics, followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Hospital Dietetics, through the University of Natal, to become a Registered Dietician in 2000. I established a private practice in 2001 and worked in this until 2014.

I had the desire to study further, so I took a 'leap of faith' by studying interior decorating in 2012. I obtained distinctions for every assignment and project completed and was in my element learning some intricacies of the design industry!

Having more formally learnt the ability to change how a space looks and feels to people entering it is fabulous. I also knew that I was doing what I was meant to do! The transformation that can occur with the use of different colours, textures, furniture and furnishings is as endless as ones imagination. Being able to work with various natural materials such as wood and combining with very tactile fabrics, as well as personal objet of a client's assists in creating an environment with a depth of character and authenticity.

The tremendous Walt Disney quote 'If you can dream it, you can do it' has become a mantra of mine.

I have a passion for designing with the end in mind for the discerning client. All elements of the design process are covered, from spatial design at plan stage, through to production or sourcing of customized pieces, appropriate to the clients design brief. I enjoy combining my creative flare matched with practical application in projects. I am a 'realistic' perfectionist with strong project management skills, in facilitating and implementing the project from start to finish 'on budget and on time' with great attention to detail, for both the commercial and residential client. From advice to turn-key solutions, I pride myself on a job well done!

I enjoy working in the commercial and hospitality industry, with residential projects also very stimulating creatively.

Good design is intelligence made visible.